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All He'd Wanted - by Larner

Author: Larner
Title: All He'd Wanted
Rating: G
Theme: Poetry 2013
Elements: "The Riddle of the Oliphaunt," TTT and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
Author's Notes: My birthday gift to all!
Summary: Sam's ambitions had been few....
Word Count:

All He’d Wanted

He'd always wished an oliphaunt,
An oliphaunt, an oliphaunt,
He'd always wished an oliphaunt,
An oliphaunt to see.

At last he saw an oliphaunt,
Great oliphaunt, grey oliphaunt,
In Ithilien an oliphaunt
To the forest running free.

He'd wished to take his Rosie-lass,
His Rosie-lass, sweet Rosie-lass,
He'd wished to wed his Rosie-lass
And have her for his wife.

And so he wed his Rosie lass,
Sweet Rosie-lass, dear Rosie-lass,
And was kissed so by his Rosie- lass
She bound him to this life.

He'd wished to serve his Master dear,
Kind Master dear, wise Master dear,
He'd wished to ward his Master dear
To keep all cares at bay.

And so he'd followed his Master dear
Through empty lands both wild and drear;
And saved him from the heart of Fear
And brought him yet living away.

He'd ever feared the waters deep
With depths of cold where dead might sleep.
So he skirted e'er the waters deep,
Avoiding them when he could.

But his Master crossed the waters deep
In search of Peace, his soul to keep.
Yes, his Master crossed the waters deep,
And even grief could be good.

He'd never thought to be the Mayor
Or in Shire's power to be a player,
In governance to have a say, for
That was for those above.

But his Master'd had a plan for
Sam to be lord of the manor.
Sam as Mayor does what he can for
The land they both so love.

And when Rosie's gone her way
He, too, shall ride toward the West one day,
And from Mithlond's stony quay
Shall seek that distant shore.

On his own grey ship to ride
Across the shining, shifting tide
He will come at last to Frodo's side
And see his friend once more.

And with all tears at long last dried
They'll think to rest now side by side,
Off'ring up their lives with pride
Beneath the light of stars.

Into greater Light they'll soar
And all they've loved will be restored.
Ne'er again to want for more.
Nothing their bliss to mar!


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 18th, 2013 10:46 am (UTC)
Oh, I just love this light-hearted dance into Sam's life. I love the rhythm and the instances you chose.

- Erulisse (one L)
Apr. 18th, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you so, Erulisse. It was quite the challenge to bring this poem into being, or so I found. But I felt Sam deserved his own poem!
Apr. 18th, 2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
This is wonderful, light-hearted, and yet insightful and thoughtful as well! I love the rhyme and scansion as well. This is a beautifully crafted poem!
Apr. 18th, 2013 05:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you so, Barbara! I loved doing a poem for Sam, and felt that it should become increasingly complicated as it went along, just as happened to Sam himself as he went through the quest and went on afterwards. I am so honored by your comments!
Apr. 20th, 2013 08:36 am (UTC)
The gradual shift of mood in this piece about Sam reminds me of Frodo's comment in FOTR:
First he was a conspirator, now he's a jester. He'll end up becoming a wizard--or a warrior!

Thank you very much for this lovely birthday gift!
Apr. 28th, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
I admit that the shift in mood and complexity was deliberate, and I rejoice that it came out as well as it did. Sam himself was fooled into thinking himself a simple soul, although I think Frodo recognized that there was more to his servant/friend/brother of the heart than others realized, although just how much needed the experience of the quest to awaken to full bloom.

And thank you for your lovely comments!
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